Conference Q&A: 3rd Annual GCC Power and Water Forum

Conference Q&A: 3rd Annual GCC Power and Water Forum

Large investment in GCC industrialization and innovative projects has given rise to an even larger energy and water demand in the region. Energy demand is expected to grow between 8% to 11% by 2017, which is 3 times the global average.

BE Summits are running the 3rd Annual GCC Power and Water Forum on the 7th of September in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In preparation for the event, we spoke to their Production Manager Sarah Bhatia about the focus of the conference and what attendees can expect from it.

Q1. What is the focus of the conference? What makes it unique compared to other energy conferences?

The 3rd Annual GCC Power and Water Forum focuses on “the next generation of technologies that will transform an energy intensive process into a sustainable, efficient and affordable operation.”

It enables participants to showcase their products and services at an industry event where deals are made, providing participants with the opportunity to meet more than 100 ‘C’ level Executives.

The uniqueness of the event lies in the fact that, whereas most events are more commercialized, we put forward a realistic face of the market and bring together people from both Ministries/Government Bodies and Industries to discuss their future plans towards upcoming Energy and Water Projects.

Our expert panel includes people from the Ministry of Energy, Sharjah Water and Electricity Authority, Clean Energy Business Council, TAQA, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, DNV GL Business Assurance etc. Our panel will share their requirements and expectations for this technology, and the future development of power and water in the UAE region.

Q2. What factors are driving the rise in energy and water demand in the region? How does the demand from this region compare to the global average?

The UAE government has implemented a rapid urbanization program, using ground breaking technologies on the path to reliable development. Large investments in urbanization, industrialization and innovative projects have given rise to an even larger energy and water demand in the region. The need for the workable development of an unfailing supply of energy is critical in fulfilling the demand for energy and future growth across the region.

The residents of the UAE have been expected to use an average of 550 litres of water a day, around 83% above the global average of 250 litres. The country’s demand for water is estimated to double by 2030.

Q3. Who should attend this conference and what can they expect from it? What are the benefits of attending? How is the day scheduled?

The audience and attendees for the event will include Presidents, Undersecretaries, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, CEOs, Managing Directors, General Managers, Utilities Head, Government Authorities, Director Generals, Technical and Project Directors, Plant Operation and Maintenance Directors, Contract Proposal & Procurement Heads, Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Technical, External Affairs etc.

The delegates attending the event can look forward to:

  • Seeing first-hand the very latest products and technologies in the power and water sector in the UAE region.
  • Hearing regional and international technological experts discuss their case studies.
  • Increasing their company’s presence in the power market, which is experiencing phenomenal growth.
  • Gaining exposure to the power and water solution providers.
  • In depth analysis on the future developments of power and water projects.
  • Understanding advanced methods and practices to identify key trends in the country.
  • And much more..

Q4. Who is speaking at the conference and what is their background in the topic? What kind of insights will they provide for attendees? Why were they chosen?

The top notch speakers in our expert panel include:

  • H.E. Dr Rasheed Al Leem - Chairman, Sharjah Water and Electricity Authority.
  • H.E. Matar Al Neyadi - Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy.
  • Dr Nessreen Rady - Director, Egyptian Electricity holding Company.
  • Mr. Alejandro Jimenez - Head of Business Development, TAQA.
  • Mr. Vadakepatth Nandkumar - Regional Sustainability Manager, DNV GL Business Assurance.
  • Mr. Daniel Zywietz - Deputy Chair, Clean Energy Business Council.

These experts will share their case studies, discuss their future plans and their company’s upcoming power and water projects. The Ministry officials will provide an insight into nuclear power in the UAE region, as well as discussing waste water treatment, green energy and urban water lifecycle.

Being a member among the “big leagues” with significant expertise in this area, we at BE Summits choose which speakers will come on board and share their knowledge. All the chosen panellists are enriched with a deep insight into the current market demands and expectations.

Q.5 What topics will be covered at this year’s conference? Do you have any highlights from past conferences? What do you hope attendees will take away from this conference?

The topics headlining at this year’s conference include:

  • Plans & Policies of the Power and Water Sector
  • Conventional and Non-Conventional Energy Projects
  • Power Generation Capabilities for non-conventional energy sources
  • Roadmap of Renewable Energy Dominance
  • Impact of Power and Water Project on Environment
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Government Regulations for Waste Water Management
  • Common Challenges in IPPs and IWPPs
  • Advanced Turbine Systems
  • Carbon Capture
  • Clean Technology

We have successfully hosted a series of IT and Power events with active participation and support from the respective Ministries. The previous editions of our Power series were a grand success. GCC Power and Water Forum was successfully hosted with the support from the Ministry of Energy and ACWUA (The Arab Countries Water Utilities Association), with an exclusive panel that included H.E. Fatima Mohammed Al Foora Al Shamshi (Undersecretary; Ministry of Energy), H.E. Dr Rashid Al Leem (Chairman; Sharjah Water and Electricity Authority) and many more.


As we discussed in our blog on desalination, UN Water has predicted that the world will face a 40% water deficit by 2030, and identified the Middle East as a region at particular risk. With energy demand on the rise, it is more important than ever to discuss the common challenges faced by utility authorities across the GCC and the ways in which the energy process can be improved.

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About the Interviewee:

Sarah Bhatia is the Production Manager at BE Summits, a business intelligence firm located in Bangalore, India. Sarah is a graduate of Kurukshetra University, where she received a B. Tech (Hons) in Biotechnology.

After graduation, Sarah launched her career in Hyderabad, India where she specialized in medical conferences. That eventually led to her position as the Production Manager for Middle-East events at BE Summits. Her constant hard work has helped us execute major events with the utmost success. Sarah excels in logic, communications, persuasiveness and responsibility.

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3rd Annual GCC Power and Water Forum (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 7, 2016)

  • Conference
  • 1 Days
  • Region: Middle East